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April 17, 1992 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-04-17

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ENTERTAINMENT

Renee and Ron Forman

and the staff of

Wish Everyone
A Healthy and Happy
Passover

We Will Close
Friday, April 17 at 3 p.m.
and Reopen
Tuesday, April 21 at '10 a.m.

WZPS/Yoss i Chrem

Join Us For Traditional
Passover Dishes Including
Fried Matzo

Joseph Weis in his kibbutz workshop.

Artist, Sculptor
Makes Music

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And Staff . . . Wish Their Customers and Friends
A very Happy, Prosperous & Healthy

Passover

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WILL BE OPEN DURING THE WEEK OF PASSOVER
FOR ALL YOUR TRADITIONAL PASSOVER FOODS

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1992

L

avish abstract oil paint-
ings in sunny ocher
tones, with treble clefs
and eighth notes tripping
gleefully across them. Sen-
sual mahogany sculptures of
female figures. Guitars and
banjos, xylophones and bells.
The conversation slips easily
from the Beatles to Salvador
Dali, as Joseph Weis shows
me around his studio.
At the age of seventy-three,
Yossi (as his friends call him)
Weis still has the imagina-
tion, insatiable curiosity and
creativity of a child. An artist
and sculptor who holds an-
nual exhibitions in Israel and
abroad, he is also involved in
a number of musical pursuits.
Born in Cluj, Romania, Mr.
Weis was a mischievous child,
fascinated by Hungarian pot-
ters and gypsy fiddlers. His
mother encouraged him to
take up the violin and wanted
him to be a cantor like his un-
cle, but Mr. Weis insisted on
studying graphics.
After immigrating to
Palestine in 1939, he came to
Kibbutz Evron near
Nahariya, where he taught
art. In 1965 he went to

Switzerland on a sabbatical
where he learned to make
guitars and replicas of string-
ed instruments from the Mid-
dle Ages. Upon his return, he
was offered a unique commis-
sion — to prepare replicas for
an exhibition at the Haifa
Museum titled 'Musical In-
struments in Biblical Israel.'
"We worked from small
figurines and from drawings
on ancient coins and mosaics.
The work was demanding and
often a number of models of
an instrument were con-
structed before curator Nina
Ben Zur was satisfied that it
looked authentic?'
The resulting lyres and
harps are truly works of art,
with Mr. Weis' favorite, and
certainly the most challeng-
ing to make, being an ornate
ten-string harp. "We worked
from an ancient drawing of
Jewish slaves carrying a bass
harp, which was decorated
with silver and gold. It is
almost 80 centimeters long
and the body is in the shape
of a bull, with a carved head
on the front. I used strings
from a modern harp, so the in-
strument can actually be
played."
Using his knowledge of
instrument-making, Mr. Weis
then began to teach guitar-

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